The acronym SSM refers to same-sex marriage;
GLBT refers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual persons.
2009-AUG-01: Australia: Governing Labor Party to support civil unions:
The ruling Labor Party held a debate on same-sex marriages during their
National Labor Conference on AUG-01. They rejected the concept.
However, they voted in favor of developing a civil union scheme for the country. Delegate Anthony Albanese
told the conference that this was not his "ideal position." However, the
resolution that he proposed and was passed reflected shifting public attitudes.
2009-AUG-17: USA: Brief filed in opposition to federal Defense of
Marriage Act: Scott Simpson, a Justice Department lawyer, filed an anti-DOMA brief. It
states that the Obama administration: "...does not support DOMA as a matter of
policy... [and] believes that the Act is discriminatory and should be repealed
President Obama has issued a written statement saying that he has "... long
held that DOMA prevents LGBT couples from being granted equal rights and
benefits." More details.
2009-AUG-21: Largest Lutheran denomination lists ban on gay clergy:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted 667 to 307 to
allow candidates for the ministry who are in loving, committed relationships
to be ordained. Many traditionalists in the denomination recommended that
those who oppose the decision of the majority terminate their financial
contributions to the church. In response, Lutheran CORE, a conservative
reform movement within the ELCA ended its relationship with the church.
Referring to the next logical step -- to support and
recognize loving committed same-sex relationships, the Rev. Steven Frock of
the Western Iowa Synod said:
"Brothers and sisters, I ask you to consider
before you dig yourselves deeper into this hole, if you are so absolutely
certain that these behaviors are not sinful, that you are willing to place
yourself and this church at the spiritual risk that comes from encouraging
Alan Wold of the Northern Illinois Synod responded that if he was making a
mistake by supporting the resolutions, "let me err on the side of mercy,
grace, justice and love of neighbor." More details.